Michigan History

Articles, features, and posts about Michigan history and past events that shaped the state.

Men Using Grindstone

Early Days at Grindstone City

Captain Aaron Peer founded Grindstone City as a company with quarry operations in 1834.

Peer, is one of the earliest settlers of Huron County and holds title to many of the “firsts” in the Upper Thumb.

Port Crescent Sand And Fill

Port Crescent Sand and Fill Operations

After the lumber industry collapsed in Michigan during the 1880s. The town of Port Crescent was abandoned and most buildings moved. Sand operations started for glass making.

Belle Isle Mill

Belle Isle State Park Works To Restore Historic Sawmill

For decades, City of Detroit foresters industriously labored away in a quaint sawmill within Belle Isle Park, giving trees from streets and parks new life as usable wood after they were removed for road widening or death from disease, pests, or storms.